Looking forward to summer after the long harsh cold winter, I think we all are. Nothing represents Summer more than planning to attend a music Festival with a bunch of close family and friends. Summer Festivals generally start after the Memorial day weekend and can end as late as Labor Day. So, what is the very best summer Festival to attend! BackBeat R&B has 5 Music Festivals picks for you and once you attend one you will want to go back every year.
Music Festivals are relaxing, engaging, entertaining and of course affordable. Remember, getting to the Festival is half the fun and you can turn it into a second or third vacation if you are a person who likes to have many things to do during the summer season.
“If you are a fan of concerts, just imagine all your favorite artists in one area playing back to back. Music festivals can be a serious commitment but one of the most life-changing things you will ever experience. The best time to go to one is when you are young and can take the time out to do so”. http://ninertimes.com/2017/03/five-reasons-why-you-should-attend-a-music-festival/
So, from interactive festivals that feature more than just amazing musicians, to festivals that focus on Art and Nature; here are the 5 best BackBeat R&B summer music festival picks for you to enjoy!
- Newport Jazz Festival– Generally held in August, the Newport Jazz Festival was started in 1954 by socialite Elaine Lorillard, who, together with husband Louis Lorillard financed the festival for many years. The Newport Jazz festival is held in Newport Rhode Island’s Fort Adam’s State Park. It is a Must go to Event, even if you attend once, I guarantee, you will return every year. Initially, it started with Jazz than as it had become more popular, Rock, Pop, and R&B music genres were added. Newport is such a scenic and beautiful town that you will need more than a weekend to see everything. After the festival is over there are so many things to see and do. Make the Newport Jazz festival a great staycation Music lovers. More info on The Newport Jazz Festival, click here: http://www.newportjazz.org/
Henley Festival of Music and Arts- Want a real vacation in the UK, make the Henley Festival of Music and Arts a reason to go. The 36th festival by the Thames takes place from Wednesday, July 11th until Sunday, July 15th, 2018. The Henley Festival is an event whose headline acts perform on a floating stage on the Thames.The range of ticket prices offer a variety of level access and there will be a spectacular Fireworks for part of this year’s headliners, you will also enjoy the music of the legendary Niles Rodgers, Rita Ora, and Grace Jones. There is also a comedy program, as well as Digital Cabaret & Street Theatre. For more info click here: http://henley-festival.co.uk/gallery/2017-highlights
3. Capital Jazz Festival- One of the best R&B and Jazz festivals ever, The Capital Jazz Festival is a 3-day event and begins June 1-3, 2018 get your tickets early. “Performing this year will be Anita Baker, Earth, Wind & Fire, Diana Krall, Ledisi, Smokey Robinson, Joss Stone, Damien Escobar, Fantasia, Boney James, Brandy, Snarky Puppy, Larry Graham & Graham Central Station, Keith Sweat, and many more, including a special tribute to the legendary Phyllis Hyman” ! Friday Night opens with Earth, Wind, and Fire. Saturday night is The Old School Dance Party and Official Afterparty. For more info click here: http://www.capitaljazz.com/fest/2018/afterparty.php CAPITAL JAZZ FESTIVAL IS DEFINITELY A FESTIVAL WITH SOUL!
4. Freihofer’s Saratoga Jazz Festival– “The 41st annual Freihofer’s Jazz Festival will take place on Saturday June 23 and Sunday, June 24, 2018, at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center in Saratoga Springs, NY USA.Founded in 1978 by jazz impresario George Wein, Freihofer’s Saratoga Jazz Festival is the fifth longest-consecutive-running jazz festival in North America. Initially founded as “the Newport Jazz Festival at Saratoga” the weekend event was renamed Freihofer’s Saratoga Jazz Festival in 1998. The two-day, two-stage festival continues to be one of the largest jazz music events in North America, beloved by audiences for both the remarkable annual line-up of international jazz talent and the spectacular setting at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center in the idyllic Saratoga Spa State Park”. for more info click here: http://jazzfest.louthompson.com/about-the-festival/
5. Essence Festival– Put this Festival on your bucket list. It’s actually a festival for all ages. Once a year, Essence Magazine and their group of major sponsors bring together musicians, celebrities and motivational speakers for 4 days of concerts, exhibits, empowerment seminars, panels, parties, and lots of fun. This event attracts thousands of people from all over the country, and I had the pleasure of covering the Essence Festival last year, what a fabulous event. The music, celebrities, empowerment seminars, food and much more. The 2018 Essence Festival begins July 5-8. For more info click here: https://www.essence.com/festival
Essence Festival 2018, the cast of “Girls Trip”